Kingdom & Community Development

Conference for Pastors & Faith-Based Leaders

October 18–20, 2017 | CHICAGO
DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 East 56th Place

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Urban Outreach Foundation has been providing innovative conferences, resources and consulting to the African American church for over 50 years.

Affiliated with UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), the largest media and publishing firm serving African American churches, the Conference on Community Development brings together a select group of leaders and participants to gain insight into best practices, models, and strategies for economic and community development.

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Speaker Lineup

Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D

President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Speaker Bio

Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D

President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Born in Chicago in 1948, Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, PH.D., is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois with a B.A. in Philosophy.  His alma mater also awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton in 1983. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1998. He was also awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, OH in 2010.

Dr. McMickle was elected as the twelfth president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY by the School’s Board of Trustees on May 17, 2011. He was pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH from 1987 to 2011 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University in Cleveland. Dr. McMickle was also the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH from 1996 to 2011. Upon retiring from Ashland Theological Seminary, the faculty named him Professor Emeritus.

Dr. McMickle is the author of 15 books. He has also authored dozens of articles that regularly appear in professional journals and magazines. His writings also appear in Feasting on the Word and Preaching God’’ Transforming Justice; two recent preaching commentaries. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In the winter semester of 2009, he served as a Visiting Professor of Preaching at Yale University Divining School.

David Doig

President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

Speaker Bio

David Doig

President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

For 25 years, David has served neighborhoods throughout Chicago in various nonprofit and governmental capacities.  He started as a community organizer in Lawndale and evolved to a lead role at the City Department of Planning. Next, he served as CEO of Chicago Park District, only to return to the nonprofit field through his role at CNI.

At CNI, David has closed $55 million in New Markets Tax Credits to support community facilities, coordinated the investment of nearly $200 million in public and private funds in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods, raised more than $900,000 in micro-lending capital, and helped lead an organizing effort to have Pullman declared a National Monument. David has an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and a Master’s in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

Jerald January, Sr.

Senior Pastor, Vernon Park Church of God
President, Jerald January Ministries

Speaker Bio

Jerald January, Sr.

Senior Pastor, Vernon Park Church of God | President, Jerald January Ministries

Jerald January, Sr. is the Pastor of Possibilities ™, known for inspiring hope and vision in God’s people. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Vernon Park Church of God in Lynwood, Illinois and is the Visionary of Vernon Park Village. VP Village is destined to become an expanded church campus that encompasses, an independent senior living facility, sports center as well as retail vendors. The campus is centrally and intentionally positioned to broaden the reach of the church, in order to care and support the community.

He is also the President of Jerald January Ministries, which includes preaching, teaching and leading church as well as facilitating community development programs designed to educate, engage and entertain. The infamous Urban Block Party is one of the projects he spearheaded as part of a nationwide campaign for community outreach.

Pastor J is an author of several books and the Founder and CEO of Cool Springs Publishing, Inc. His titles include “A Messed Up Ride Or A Dressed Up Walk,” “A Second Time,” “Life Advance Curriculum” volumes 1 & 2 and most recently “The Joshua Process” scheduled for release this winter.

Having entered the Ministry in 1976, Pastor J has served people for over 40 years. He served the USA Director of Compassion International for 4 years, responsible for leading Ministry efforts to thousands of children and youth in Urban and Rural areas to include New Mexico. For several years he shared the gospel to those in bondage as counselor to inmates in the Cook County jail system in Chicago, IL and he spent 18 years working with Inner-City Youth and Community Ministries in both Chicago and Denver.

Rev. January is an outside the box Pastor/Teacher. His ability to share profound subjects in a simplistic fashion has made him a highly requested motivational and ministry speaker. Having been raised in Detroit, deposited into him a determination to help the defeated. Chicago and Colorado cultivated his confidence in ownership…believing God’s people must OWN themselves in order to be utilized without restraint in service to humanity. He is the proud father of five children and resides in the south suburbs of Chicago with his wife Maura.

Sven Beckert, Ph.D

Laird Bell Professor of American History, Harvard University

Speaker Bio

Sven Beckert, Ph.D

Laird Bell Professor of American History, Harvard University

Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. Beckert’s research and teaching center on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions.

His publications have focused on the history of economic elites, on labor, on democracy and, in recent years, on the global history of capitalism. Beckert teaches courses on the history of American capitalism, Gilded Age America, the political economy of modern capitalism, labor history and global capitalism. He is co-chair of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University, and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, also at Harvard.

Beyond Harvard, he co-chairs an international study group on global history, is co-editor of a series of books at Princeton University Press on “America in the World,”and has co-organized a series of conferences on the history of capitalism. He has received many fellowships and awards, including the Newcomen Fellowship at Harvard Business School, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Beckert is a Guggenheim Fellow. He has lectured all over the world.

Dr. Byron T. Brazier

Senior Pastor, Apostolic Church of God

Speaker Bio

Dr. Byron T. Brazier

Senior Pastor, Apostolic Church of God

The second of Bishop Arthur and Isabelle Brazier’s four children, Dr. Byron T. Brazier was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. Dr. Brazier has three sisters: Lola, Janice, and Rosalyn.

Dr. Brazier was educated in the Chicago Public Schools system, attending and graduating from Doolittle Elementary School and Wendell Phillips High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University after first attending Wilson Junior College (Kennedy-King) and Northern Illinois University. Dr. Brazier also received a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

In 1972, Dr. Brazier started his professional career as a production supervisor at Johnson & Johnson. In 1973, he joined the data processing division of IBM Corporation as a salesman. He later became a marketing instructor in Dallas, Texas and was promoted to several positions at IBM. In 1991, he transitioned from IBM reaching top-level management as a business unit executive over the public sector. During his tenure at IBM, he received national recognition for his service and leadership on several occasions.

In 1991, Dr. Brazier founded Brazier and Associates and was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, where he remained until 1995, the year he became the general administrator of the Apostolic Church of God.

Ministry
Dr. Brazier served his father for thirteen years before being named as pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in 2008. His primary motivation was for the congregation to grow in the grace they have received from God, to build their spiritual identity, character, and vision, and to enjoy being a part of the body of Christ. As an apologetic-styled teacher and proclaimer of the Jesus Christ, being “Saved by Grace and Grace Alone” remains the ultimate understanding for a child of God.

Dr. Brazier is also preparing to write the first of two books. The first book will focus on the application of the church’s moral authority to convene and unify the Woodlawn community to achieve self-determination. The second book will be about the power of God to transform the community through the church.

Community Outreach
As an advocate for the community, Dr. Brazier continues to ensure that the church remains a beacon of light and an agent of change in the community. Through the establishment of the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, Dr. Brazier has been able to obtain support from philanthropic organization to support the development of the Woodlawn community in the area of education, public safety, and economic development. Beginning in 2010, Dr. Brazier proposed the development of the Network of Woodlawn and its pillars, which has provided a unifying vision for Woodlawn. Finally, Dr. Brazier established a Social Enterprise manufacturing company that provides workforce development services for residents in robotics controls while the revenue from the social enterprise will be reinvested into the Woodlawn community.

Currently, Dr. Brazier is the chairman of the board of the Network of Woodlawn and its pillars, the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, and BSD Industries L3C. He also is a member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Family Life
Since 1976, Dr. Brazier has been married to his wife, Mary Brazier. They are the proud parents of two children, April James and Byron II.

Genora Boykins, J.D.

President and Board Chair of Pyramid CDC

Speaker Bio

Genora Boykins, J.D.

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Genora Kendrick Boykins is Assistant Regional General Counsel with NRG Energy, Inc. She is a native of Prairie View, Texas. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English from Spelman College and has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Genora is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and Houston Lawyers Association, and has actively supported Texas State Bar activities during her legal career. Development Corporation (CDC) since its creation by Founder Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell in 1992. Under Genora’s leadership, Pyramid CDC developed, owns and operates The Power Center and Pyramid Residential Community Corporation developed Corinthian Pointe with 462 low to moderate income affordable homes completed in 2007. This residential project was the first and largest development of its kind by a non-profit minority developer and has been recognized within the City of Houston as well as nationally.

Corinthian Pointe is a part of Pointe 235, a master-planned community where the Kingdom Builders Center is located along with the Jean Hines Caldwell Elementary school, a YMCA, Corinthian Pointe Commercial Park, Corinthian Village Independent Living Facility, and Texas Children’s Pediatric practice. Genora is also member of the Board of Directors of South Texas College of Law Houston, Board Member for the Houston Downtown Management District, Board Trustee for The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Advisory Board Member for Dress For Success Houston, a Senior Fellow in American Leadership Forum, Class XXXII, a 2005 recipient of the Texas Executive Women organization’s Women on the Move Award and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In additional Genora is co-owner of La Maison in Midtown, an urban bed and breakfast developed in 2010, to provide travelers with a unique experience and a wonderful “escape in the city.” Genora is married to her husband of 28 years, Houston City Council member Dwight Boykins, and they are active members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.

James T. Meeks

Senior Pastor, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago

Speaker Bio

James T. Meeks

Senior Pastor, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago

James T. Meeks comes to the Illinois State Board of Education with a background in public service and a deep commitment for the idea that every child, irrespective of his or her economic, racial, or ethnic background deserves the opportunity to obtain a high quality education.

He successfully ran as an Independent for the Illinois State Senate for the 15th Legislative District in 2002, and retired from the Illinois General Assembly in 2013 after serving three terms. During his Senate tenure, Meeks served as Chairman of the Senate’s Education Committee, Chairman of the Housing and Community Affairs Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Mr. Meeks also served as the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chair. He briefly campaigned for Mayor of Chicago in 2011.

Mr. Meeks is known as a staunch advocate for school reform, which is why he has dedicated his life to improving education. He has led campaigns for increased school funding, for the retention of high quality teachers, and for the promotion of school choice programs as a strategy for improving education. In an effort to urge more funding for inner-city schools, he led a boycott of the Chicago Public Schools in 2008. Also, in 2009 and 2010, Meeks formed a bipartisan coalition in support of opportunity scholarships for children in Chicago’s worst-performing public schools.

As an active voice for the “voiceless,” in 1998 Meeks led a rally to “dry up” the Roseland community by collecting enough votes to close 26 liquor stores in that neighborhood. Today, Mr. Meeks continues to strive to be an advocate for the most vulnerable populations in the City of Chicago through countless community efforts.

Mr. Meeks has been a minister in Chicago for 41 years and currently serves as the senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.

Mr. Meeks received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas, TX. He is also committed to his community through his service as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division and as a Board of Trustee member of the Moody Bible Institute.

He was born and raised in Chicago, where he and his wife, Jamell, still reside. They are parents of four children and three grandchildren.

Leslie Harris, Ph.D

Professor of History, Northwestern University

Speaker Bio

Leslie Harris, Ph.D

Professor of History, Northwestern University

She is the author or co-editor of three award-winning books:  In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 (University of Chicago, 2003); co-editor with Ira Berlin of Slavery in New York (The New Press, 2005), which accompanied the groundbreaking New-York Historical Society exhibition of the same name; and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (University of Georgia Press, 2014), co-edited with Daina Ramey Berry, in collaboration with Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House.

From 2004 to 2011, she co-founded and co-directed the Transforming Community Project (TCP) at Emory University, which used history to engage members of the university community in dialogue, research, and teaching on racial and other forms of human diversity.  In 2011, the Transforming Community Project organized the first international conference on the history of slavery in higher education. The Transforming Community Project received generous funding from the Ford Foundation and the Emory University Strategic Fund Plan.

Dr. Harris is currently working on a book on late-twentieth century New Orleans, entitled “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History”; and co-edited volumes on slavery and the university; and slavery and sexuality.

Skot Welch

Founder and Managing Partner of Global Bridgebuilders

Speaker Bio

Skot Welch

Founder and Managing Partner of Global Bridgebuilders

Skot Welch is recognized as a leader in utilizing the principles of global quality standards for the development and implementation of sustainable, systematic and measurable diversity initiatives. He has worked in the area of Diversity Management for nearly 20 years and his sought after in-depth knowledge of organizational diversity management systems development brings together and maximizes the perfect blend of people and process.

His client experience represents a wide range of industries such as: Aerospace, Municipalities, Offices of State and National Government, Healthcare Systems, Insurance Providers, Retail, Automotive, Churches, Educational Institutions, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Financial Services.

Recently, Skot served as Vice President of Benchmarking Services and Analysis for DiversityInc magazine, where he was responsible for new industry development and best practices analysis of the Fortune 500.

Skot has his Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Communications and his Masters in Management and International Marketing (M.M.).

Urban Outreach has reviewed many models around the country to bring the best experiences of the Black church to the rest of the church.

Housing, business development, resources for youth and many other community building projects have been identified and will be showcased in this conference in “TED Talk” type presentations. Additional sessions will showcase successful models in entrepreneurship and other community services, including large and small markets as well as larger and smaller churches.

 

Event Agenda

Wednesday, October 18


6:00 PM

Networking and Refreshments

7:00 PM

Welcome/Prayer/Opening Remarks

7:15 PM

Inspiration

8:15 PM

Evening Speaker
Dr. Marvin McMickle

Thursday, October 19


8:00 PM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Morning Speakers
Dr. Sven Beckert
Dr. Leslie Harris
Attorney Genora Boykins

1:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Afternoon Speakers
Dr. Byron Braizer
Rev. Jerald January
Skot Welch

Friday, October 20


8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM

Morning Speakers
David Doig
Rev. James T. Meeks

12:30 PM

Close Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code for the conference?
Attendees should dress comfortably for the conference. The dress attire is business casual.
What are the weather conditions in Chicago in October?
The weather is usually in the mid 60’s (fall temperatures) during the daytime and 40’s in the evening. A medium weight jacket, light coat, sports jacket, or heavy sweater is recommended.
Is the event going to be recorded?
Yes, the event will be recorded.  Attendees will have the opportunity to receive copies of the speaker’s presentations.
What are the hotel recommendations?
LaQuinta Chicago Lake Shore
4900A S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615

 

 

 

 

Dates: October 18 & 19, 2017
Rate: $139 plus tax (conference rate is guaranteed if registered by September 3, 2017)
Reference: Kingdom and Community Development Conference

Phone: 773.324.3000
Website

Is parking available at the museum?
There is limited street side parking, and we will offer valet parking as well.
What is the Community Development Conference?
The Conference on Community Development will bring together a select group of leaders and participants to gain insight into best practices, models, and strategies for economic and community development. Urban Outreach has done research and reviewed many models around the country, and there is both great interest and great need to bring the experiences from the best of the Black church to the rest of the church. Housing, business development, resources for youth and many other community building projects have been identified and will be showcased in this conference in “TED talk” type presentations.  Ample time will be allocated for networking, participant interaction, and shared experiences.
What is The Urban Outreach Foundation?
Urban Outreach Foundation has been providing innovative conferences, resources and consulting to the African American church for over 50 years. This non-profit educational and teaching organization is affiliated with UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), the largest media and publishing firm serving African American churches and denominations founded in Chicago. The Urban Outreach Foundation has served churches and denominations nationally and internationally with Christian education content and other resources for pastors and leaders.

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